I have posted this image before and written about KJ, a boy we met at the Ronald McDonald House Houston. His mom, Jane, was one of two friends I made there and this is the only photo of him I took. KJ was Apollo’s buddy and they shared a fierce love of Star Wars. When KJ would bring his Star Wars figures down to the main living area, Apollo would light up and run to join him. A twelve-year-old boy and a two-year old. KJ had such patience and showed such kindness toward Apollo.
Of the two friends I made at RMH, I am only in touch with one. While I sometimes feel guilty for not keeping in touch with KJ’s mom, I have to step back and remind myself I returned home from Houston with a tube-fed toddler recovering from heart surgery, taking a handful of different medicines each day, on a special fat-free diet, getting weekly x-rays to see how he was healing from chylothorax, vomiting several times a day…and I returned home to ten other children to care for as well.
My other friend, Abigail, has kept me updated on KJ and she was the one who told me he died last fall. I have prayed for KJ and his parents since I met them. An only child with brain cancer, being treated far from home in a different state. Abigail, Jane and I all share the same faith in God and it was a comfort at the RMH.
At any rate, today would have been KJ’s 13th birthday! Abigail has come up with a wonderful way to celebrate and bring joy to KJ’s parents. If you are on any time of social media, will you please, please consider participating?